Campaign 2010

Sep 07, 2010

DCCC Chairman Van Hollen and Cedric Richmond Call President Obama’s Health Insurance Reform ...

DCCC Chairman Van Hollen and Cedric Richmond Call President Obama’s Health Insurance Reform a 'Defining Issue' in Louisiana's 2nd District

At a roundtable with community leaders, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Chris Van Hollen called President Obama’s Health Insurance Reform ‘a defining issue’ in the Louisiana 2nd district race for Congress. Democratic nominee Cedric Richmond highlighted his staunch support of President Obama’s agenda including backing the passage of historic Health Insurance Reform. Republican Representative Joseph Cao’s (LA-02) voted against President Obama’s historic Health Insurance Reform which improves and expands health care coverage, closes the prescription drug donut hole for seniors and protects health insurance for those with pre-existing medical conditions. Van Hollen and Richmond spoke with a group of New Orleans families about the challenges of rising costs for and limited access to health care.

“President Obama’s Health Insurance Reform is a defining issue in this race for Congress because this district demands someone who would fight for it,” said Representative Chris Van Hollen, Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “We made critical reforms to improve and expand health care coverage, strengthen it for seniors and stop the health insurance companies from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. It was a tough fight that President Obama and Congressional Democrats took on and we could have used someone representing this district’s interests and standing by our side.  This district wants a Representative who will stand behind President Obama and historic Health Insurance Reform and Cedric Richmond will be that Representative.”

During the roundtable discussion, Van Hollen highlighted the key benefits to Louisiana’s 2nd district from Health Insurance Reform. According to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District, Health Insurance Reform will:

  • Improve coverage for 186,000 residents.
  • Provide tax credits and assistance for 102,000 families and 11,100 small businesses to purchase affordable coverage.
  • Improve Medicare for 61,000 seniors, including closing the prescription drug donut hole.
  • Guarantee that 12,600 residents with pre-existing medical conditions can obtain coverage.
  • Protect 400 families from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs.
  • Allow 42,000 young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans.
  • Reduce the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and other health care providers by $61 Million annually.

“Our healthcare system costs too much – for individuals, for employers, and for providers – and it drains much needed money out of our national economy,” said Democratic nominee Cedric Richmond. “The numbers of people who lack access to basic healthcare is reaching epidemic proportions. I am committed to reducing health care costs, protecting and increasing consumers’ choices, and guaranteeing access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans are vital to the recovery of our region. I would have been proud to stand behind President Obama and with Congressional Democrats to vote for historic Health Insurance Reform. We fought hard against the big health insurance companies and Washington Republicans and we won.”

The non-partisan FactCheck.org said the Health Insurance Reform does not provide direct federal funding for abortions.

During his presentation, Van Hollen made clear that national Democratic leaders and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee are highly supportive of Richmond and have named him to the selective ‘Red to Blue’ program which highlights top tier challenger and open seat candidates across the Country.

Background

  • Cao opposed historic Health Insurance Reform. [H.R. 3590, #165, 3/21/2010]
  • FactCheck.org: "The New Law Does Not Provide Direct Federal Funding For Abortion."

"The law says individuals who get federal subsidy dollars must use their private money to pay for coverage of abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. Claims that the new law will lead to a large increase in the number of abortions lack support. Strictly speaking, the new law does not provide direct federal funding for abortion, except in cases of rape or incest, or to save the life of the mother - the same rules that now apply to Medicaid coverage for low-income persons and to the insurance available to federal workers and military families. In fact, the new law states specifically that federal funds are not to be used for coverage of any other kinds of abortions, and that only premium dollars paid by individuals out of their own pockets may be used to pay for coverage of other kinds of abortions."  [FactCheck.org, 4/1/10]